Tete de Alencar

Fortaleza, 1977

Biography

Born in Iguatu – CE, Brazil on January 18th, 1967.
 
Tete de Alencar is the oldest of 5 siblings, she moved to Bahia, Vitoria da Conquista and then Salvador in 1970 where she lived for 13 years. When 12 years old, she was invited among other 8 children to have art classes at the atelier of Marisa Fontanelle, a local artist recently arrived from Europe. Tete de Alencar had her first contact with print making, life drawing, painting and sculpture at her studio.
 
Returned to Fortaleza, Ceara in 1983 and in 1984, she was admitted at the Federal University of Ceara to study Chemistry.
 
In 1991, she moved to Rio de Janeiro and studied print making and drawing at the School of Visual Arts Parque Large, having as one of her tutors, the Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. In 1993, she moved to the UK and started to attend the Art and Design Foundation course in Bangor, North Wales. Tete de Alencar was taught by Peter Pendergast RCA, who had as one of his tutor at the Slade College of Art, the amazing artist, Frank Auerbach who influenced Pendergast’s teaching methods to his own students. In 1997, she was accepted to do a BA in Fine Arts course at John Moores University in Liverpool where she acquired a First Degree Honours and in 2001, she started her master’s degree at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.
 
Tete de Alencar now lives in London where she has a studio and works full time as an artist and a member of The Royal British Society of Sculptors

Tete de Alencar